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Rodgers Displays Devotion in and out of School

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Senior Gavin Rodgers dedicates many hours to music by playing drums with the high school band and with the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Senior Gavin Rodgers dedicates many hours to music by playing drums with the high school band and with the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Senior Gavin Rodgers dedicates many hours to music by playing drums with the high school band and with the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Lillian Becker, Contributor

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Senior Gavin Rodgers is passionate about playing the drums. Rodgers is a leader in Band and participates in Jazz Choir. He also plays in a musical group called the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (MAYJO), with other high school students from the Metro Area. These musicians audition to be apart of this opinion group and practice twice a week at UNO.

Rodgers sees many benefits to being apart of this group. “The group has given me a lot of incredible opportunities to grow as a musician and has allowed me to play at a plethora of venues, from clubs to bars and some of the best performing arts centers in the Midwest,” said Rodgers.

Recently, Rodgers and the group auditioned and made the selection to travel to Dallas, Texas. They participated in the Jazz Education Network Conference. Some of the best musicians in the Jazz field including Marcus Miller, Victor Wooton, Alan Baylock and Bobby Sanabria, were present at this event.

“We spent our time mostly attending clinics over various aspects of music and attending featured performances similar to our own,” said Rodgers. “It was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had, and it really opened my eyes to a whole new level of music above and beyond anything I’ve ever seen before.”

Rogers encourages everyone to find something they are interested in and to pursue it to become the best of their abilities.

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